SOMATOM Definition Flash from Siemens Healthcare to provide high quality imaging at the lowest possible dose
Newham University Hospital, part of the Barts Health NHS Trust, has installed a SOMATOM® Definition Flash CT system from Siemens Healthcare. The system is being used for a range of procedures including colonography and general head, chest and abdominal CT imaging. It has also allowed the Trust to expand its offering to include bariatric patient imaging.
The Definition Flash is a Dual Source CT system that offers rapid image acquisition at the lowest possible dose. The system is able to capture whole body trauma scans in less than four seconds and the entire chest region can also be captured in just 0.6 seconds without the need for patients to hold their breath. The result is excellent image quality and a smoother, less disruptive examination for the patient.
It has two adaptive dose shields to ensure that patients only receive the minimum, clinically relevant dose and can reduce dose values down to one millisievert or less. The heart can be examined at a radiation exposure level that is three times lower than the background radiation a person naturally absorbs in a year.
“Providing safe, high quality care to our patients is our number one priority and this new capital investment is one more step towards providing residents of East London with first class healthcare,” said Udesha Davids, Head of Radiology and Clinical Measurement at Newham University Hospital. “We no longer have to send patients out of the Trust and can accommodate bariatric patients for the first time. The image quality provides us with diagnostic confidence, plus with rapid scan times and low dose, the Definition Flash CT has improved the patient experience and imaging service.”
“The SOMATOM Definition Flash is the epitome of patient friendly CT imaging,” said Graham Walker, Regional Sales and Corporate Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The system provides excellent image quality, particularly for patients traditionally difficult to image, who either cannot hold their breath or become uncomfortable during scan procedures. We’re very pleased that the system has not only helped the hospital, but is benefitting the Trust by reducing the number of patients sent elsewhere.”
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